If you don't have kids, need an excuse to exercise, or just want a cuddle buddy, Missy might be your girl. Missy’s human buddy died, and she has been craving love and security since then. She will make a great companion as long as her forever home does not include children or barking dogs. Missy is afraid of barking; big or small dogs, she doesn’t like it!

In her foster home, it took a couple of weeks for her to trust the resident Basenjis. Because of Missy's fear issues, she will only be placed in a home with one laid-back Basenji – she will not be placed in a home with more than one Basenji.

Missy gets lonely so her foster mom leaves the TV on for her when she's not home. She also has plenty of access to a sunny window for amusement. She loves to play with balls and stuffed toys.

This dog loathes dog crates and young children. She will snap and growl at children like her life is in mortal danger. Missy should never be around young children without being under control with a leash. She will not be placed in a home with children or where children visit regularly.

While sitting next to her humans, this girl acts protective or scared when another dog approaches. She gets very noisy and needs immediate verbal correction and to be assured that no one is going to bother her. Her foster mom thinks she is worried she won't get any attention, or someone will hurt her; she sometimes hides behind her foster. The more she gets used to the resident dogs, the more relaxed she becomes. Oddly, when the humans are not sitting right next to her, she will play with the resident dogs.

She sleeps with the humans in her foster home. Missy would rather be the only dog in the bed. If you plan on having another dog in the same bed with her, Missy's foster mom has some tips and tricks to help avoid the initial noise.

When nervous or scared, she will grind her teeth. Just tell her to stop it. We just had a dental done and everything looks good; very little tartar.

If there are other dogs around, Missy will not eat without having a human close by. For a big girl, she normally eats very little per meal. However, if the meat is appealing, Missy will bowl surf. Her favorite treat is frozen green beans. Frozen green beans are much less expensive and healthier than most dog treats. She needs the green beans to help her poop. This may not be the case once she has been on the thyroids meds for a while and has lost some weight. At over 30 pounds, she is one big girl.

Missy would be a great apartment dog as she doesn't need to go outside very often. This girl sleeps all night long and won't go outside until she eats breakfast. (Her choice.) Whether she goes out or not, I let her out on a regular potty schedule.

Missy is pretty good on the leash but doesn't know any commands.

Missy has just started taking medication for hypothyroidism. This medicine is very inexpensive. A 60-day supply is around $21 – though prices will undoubtedly vary. Your vet may have better pricing. You might also check various pet sites like California Pet Pharmacy, Valley Vet, or even your local pharmacy. She does need a recheck in 60 days to make sure she is on the correct dose. (If Missy is adopted before this time, her foster will pay for the recheck and one 90-day refill of the meds.) Your vet may require annual bloodwork to check her thyroid levels before renewing her yearly prescription. For more information about hypothyroidism in dogs, go to https://pets.webmd.com/dogs/hypothyroidism-in-dogs.

Missy is just an insecure dog that needs to feel safe and loved again. Make her dream come true.

If you think you could provide Missy with love, activity, and evening cuddle time, please read the data sheet below carefully, complete the BRAT adoption form (if you have not previously done so) and contact the BRAT coordinator, Beth Schmidt.

The coordinator's link will take you to a form that will ask you your name, email address, the city and state you live in, why this dog is perfect for your family, a typical day in your household, and, if applicable, how you plan to transport Missy.

There is an adoption fee of $325.00 for Missy. This fee is used for the extensive costs associated with vetting and otherwise caring for Missy and future Basenjis in rescue. BRAT adopters receive a dog that has been spayed or neutered, fully vaccinated, treated for fleas and internal worms if necessary, DNA tested for Fanconi syndrome (dogs under 10), and heartworm tested. Our dogs get recommended dental work. When indicated, we test our dogs for thyroid deficiencies. They are also temperament evaluated. In addition, BRAT provides free lifetime post-adoption counseling to help deal with behavioral or health issues. Finally, we provide a free lifetime identification tag connected to our "lost dog" toll free number.

ABOUT MISSY
Dog is a: Purebred
Dog's name: Missy
Dog is currently in: Illinois
Birth date: 11/26/2013
Gender: Female
Color: Red and White
Weight: 30.4 pounds 
Neutered/Spayed: Yes 
Tattooed: No 
Micro-chipped: Yes 
Identification Information: America's Pet Registry Inc Q14136-01 never registered

VACCINATIONS AND MEDICAL TESTS
DHLP: Yes, 01/31/2020
Rabies: Yes, 13/12/0200
Rabies certificate: Yes 
Bordetella: Yes, 01/31/2020
Fecal: Yes, 2/2020
Fecal test comments: Negative for parasites
Heartworm: Yes, 01/31/2020, Negative 
Regular heartworm given: Started 2/2020
DNA test for Fanconi: Negative
Other tests: Thyroid Panel 5
More information about tests: Positive for hypothyroidism
Other regular medication: Yes
Other medical issues: Overweight

EATING HABITS
Eating schedule: Twice a day
Type of food: Both 
Brand(s) of food: Any brand
Begs for food: Yes 
Favorite foods: Green beans
Feeding instructions:  Feed separately – does not like it when others go into her bowl. Feed 1/8 cup dry food with green beans, a splash of water, and 1 tablespoon meat, twice a day. Give green beans as a low-calorie snack between meals.

TEMPERAMENT
Cuddly and loving, dislikes kids, small and large dogs. Prefers not to share her humans but will tolerate a dog her size. Picky eater. Hates crates. If you must crate, use a metal crate. Has separation anxiety.
Lived with children: No 
Likes children: No 
Lived with cats: No 
Likes cats: No 
Lived with dogs: Yes 
Likes dogs: Some – must be a calm dog with lots of patience. She will play once she trusts her playmate.
Prefers men or women: Men 
Likes strangers: Yes 
Nips (playfully): No
Bites (in anger): Only if the other dog provokes.
Crate trained: No 
House broken: Yes 
Destructive indoors: Only toys
Destructive outdoors: Unknown
Dog is a climber: Unknown
Dog is an escape artist: Yes
Easily startled: No
Wakes up grouchy: Doesn’t like other dogs bothering her while sleeping. Will growl at them and gives plenty of warning before a tussle occurs. Does currently sleep with two other dogs.
Rides well in car: Yes 
Gets carsick: No 
Rides in crate: No

If you are interested in Missy, please use our coordinator contact form, to email our BRAT coordinator, Beth Schmidt. Thank you!

There is an adoption fee of $325.00 for Missy. This fee is used for the extensive costs associated with vetting and otherwise caring for Missy and future Basenjis in rescue. BRAT adopters receive a dog that has been spayed or neutered, fully vaccinated, treated for fleas and internal worms if necessary, DNA tested for Fanconi syndrome (dogs under 10), and heartworm tested. Our dogs get recommended dental work. When indicated, we test our dogs for thyroid deficiencies. They are also temperament evaluated. In addition, BRAT provides free lifetime post-adoption counseling to help deal with behavioral or health issues. Finally, we provide a free lifetime identification tag connected to our "lost dog" toll free number.